Donald Sutherland MacIvor Papers, 1893-1972  PDF

Overview of the Collection

MacIvor, Donald Sutherland
Donald Sutherland MacIvor Papers
1893-1972 (inclusive)
0.5 linear feet
Collection Number
Mss 103 (collection)
Donald S. MacIvor was a Northern Pacific Railroad employee. This collection contains general correspondence, financial records, legal documents, clippings, photographs and miscellany.
University of Montana, Mansfield Library, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
University of Montana
32 Campus Dr. #9936
Missoula, MT
Telephone: 406-243-2053
Fax: 406-243-4067
Access Restrictions

Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of Archives and Special Collections, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, and The University of Montana--Missoula.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Donald Sutherland MacIvor was born in the late nineteenth century, probably in Nova Scotia. In 1903 or 1904 he began work for the Northern Pacific Railroad as an agent and telegraph operator. He worked for the railroad in Drummond, Bearmouth, Arlee, Ronan, and Ravalli before locating to Missoula, Montana, in 1945 or 1946. He married Nellie (Helen) Crockett of Hopewell, Nova Scotia in the early 1900s. The MacIvors retired in Missoula. Nellie died in 1972 and Donald in the mid 1970s.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection contains general correspondence, financial records, legal documents, clippings, and miscellany. Included are personal letters, 1893-1972; records of household finances, 1946-1957; income tax forms, 1936-1972; certificates, 1887-1935; memorial records, 1966-1972; and newspaper clippings. Two letters to the MacIvors dated Jan. 21, 1922 and February 8, 1922, give details of an automobile trip from Butte, Montana to Portland, Oregon. Two folders of previously unincorporated photographs were added into the collection in 2006.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. and any other applicable statutes. Copyright not transferred to The University of Montana.

Preferred Citation

[Name of document or photograph number], Donald Sutherland MacIvor Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana-Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  General Correspondence , 1893-1972 and undatedReturn to Top

4 folders

This series includes early personal correspondence to Nell and her sister, Eliza, from both their brother, Asa Crockett, and father, Daniel W. Crockett. There is later personal correspondence between Nell and Donald MacIvor. A few letters concern Mr. MacIvor's attempt to get a temporary release from the railroad in 1918 in order to gain an officer's commission in the army. Instead of gaining an officer's commission, Mr. MacIvor became chairman of the United War Campaign which raised funds for the war effort. Folder 2 contains a practice exam given to immigrants who desired United States citizenship. This folder also includes two letters describing an automobile trip from Butte, Montana to Portland, Oregon in 1921. Folder 3 contains a description of a trip to Jerusalem from Beirut in 1951 and other correspondence to the MacIvors describing life in the Middle East in the 1950s.

Container(s) Description Dates
1906-1938 and undated
1967-1972 and undated

Series II:  Financial Records , 1936-1972Return to Top

2 folders

This series contains records of the MacIvor's household finances while living in Missoula from 1944-1957. Examples of expenses included furnace oil, electric lights, and rent. A primary source of income was Mr. MacIvor's railroad pension. The second folder contains the MacIvor's state and federal income tax forms from 1936-1972.

Container(s) Description Dates
Household Finances
Income Tax Returns

Series III:  Legal Documents , 1887-1935 and undatedReturn to Top

1 folder

This series contains Nell's birth certificate, high school diploma, and a Diploma of Progress from the Methodist Episcopal Church. It also includes Donald's Military Registration Certificate, Notice of Military Classification, and membership cards for the Liberty Loan Committee.

Container(s) Description Dates
1887-1935 and undated

Series IV:  Clippings , 1969 and undatedReturn to Top

1 folder

This series primarily includes newspaper clippings about Judge Asa James Crockett, who was related to Nell.

Container(s) Description Dates
Judge Asa James Crockett
1969 and undated

Series V:  Memorials Return to Top

This series contains a memorial book for Judge Asa James Crockett who died in 1966. This book includes a brief family history. There is also a memorial for Nell MacIvor, who died in 1972. There is an address book and two valentines. The valentines were sent to Nell from Donald dated circa 1907.

Container(s) Description Dates
Memorial Records, Address Book, and Valentines
1907-1972 and undated

Series VI:  Photographs Return to Top

Photographs include formal portraits and snapshots of people and scenes, including images from the Bearmouth, Montana, and Hopewell, Nova Scotia.

Container(s) Description

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Automobile travel--Northwest, Pacific
  • Canadian Americans--Montana--Missoula
  • Family Names :
  • MacIvor family
  • McIvor family
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Family papers--Montana--Missoula